What to do if your child disappears
Here are the most important things to do if your child disappears:
"Missing: What To Do If Your Child Disappears"
- Call 911 for the Police
- Call the FBI (Yes, you the parent) - See Federal Government pages in your local phone directory
- Call the Sheriff (Yes, you the parent)
- Choose a Print Shop to meet volunteers
- Tell local Radio Stations:
- That your child is missing
- At what print shop to meet to distribute posters
- Tell local TV Stations immediately
- Tell local Newspapers immediately
- Call local Child Locator Services - See State Government pages (look under Health) and Community Services pages in your local phone directory
- Call NCMEC - the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (800) 843-5678 - Ask NCMEC to contact the FBI's Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit as to whether or not their services would be appropriate.
- Make sure child is registered in FBI's NCIC computer as "Stranger Abducted" if you believe it true.
- Send out searchers (Local SAR groups with police leaderships)
- Distribute Flyers (ask truckers, airlines, etc.) Here's a sample poster to print out and modify. See also Beyond Missing.com.
- Cooperate fully with Police and Media
- Be Emphatic
A Video Guide for Parents, Law Enforcement and Communities
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